Following on from the previous announcements – Tame Impala (Saturday May 23), Kraftwerk (Friday May 29) and Massive Attack (Sunday 24 May) – All Points East can reveal the quadruple-platinum band The Kooks and revered award-winning The Wombats are next to hit the stage on Saturday 30 May.
Spanning a career of 15+ years, The Kooks are one of the UK’s most celebrated indie acts. Now, five albums in, the BRIT nominated band are bringing their host of hits to All Points East on May 30.
It’s been 14 years since their debut record, Inside In/Inside Out, which sold two-million copies and featured indie club anthem ‘Naive’ plus classics ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ and ‘Ooh La’. This was followed by the no.1 2008 sophomore album Konk; ten years before The Kooks’ most recent offering. 2018’s Let’s Go Sunshine merges dreampop, retro funk and indie rock, and is seen as one of their best releases since their debut and brought in a brand new young fanbase.
The Kooks have stood the test of time by releasing five albums across two decades and are now a household name in their own right. Recently the band have been in the studio so, there could be some new material around the corner. The Kooks say, “We’re so excited to be performing at All Points East this summer! Can’t quite believe it! It’s one we have wanted to play for a long, long time. Just crazy how good the line-up is, we are so honoured to be part of it and we’ll be putting on our finest glad rags and pulling out all the old tunes along with some new ones. Get yourself over to Victoria park, it’s gonna be a big night!”
Forming in Liverpool back in 2003, The Wombats are now one of the UK’s beloved indie rock bands. It wasn’t long before they became the chart-quashing champions of the early noughties, with massive singles including ‘Moving To New York’, ‘Kill The Director’ and the signature hit ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, which won them an NME award for Best Dancefloor Filler. Their platinum-selling debut record, A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation, arrived in 2007, and was just the beginning for The Wombats.
Their follow-up album, This Modern Glitch, dropped in 2011, which brought another Top 40 hit for the band in the form of ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’. Then came Glitterbug, with lead track ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ premiered as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on BBC R1. The album charted at no.5 in the UK and was also The Wombats’ first album to chart on the US Billboard 100.
In 2018 The Wombats dropped their latest album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, which amassed over 250 million streams and achieved Gold status in the UK. Since the release, which included the popular single ‘Lemon to a Knife Fight’, The Wombats have teased fans with hints of new projects in 2020. Expect the classic Wombats’ hits, and perhaps some unheard songs, when they take to the stage at All Points East on May 30.
All Points East also welcomes Tom Walker, the winner of the BRITs British Breakthrough Act 2019, to the festival this year. His certified platinum single ‘Leave a Light On’ put Walker on the path to stardom, and he took the charts by storm with the release of his no.1 debut album, What A Time To Be Alive. Walker’s unique voice, together with the hope and optimism found in his song lyrics, prove him popular with fans around the world. Currently on tour in the UK and Europe, and with nearly 10 million monthly Spotify listeners, Walker is only just getting started.
Jake Bugg returned to the airwaves in late 2019 with the single ‘Kiss Like the Sun’, a promising sign that album number 5 was on the way. The record is rumoured to drop this year, his first since 2017’s Hearts That Strain, so there’s a possibility of brand-new music from Bugg onstage at Victoria Park. Bugg propelled himself into the limelight back in 2012 with his no.1 debut album, Jake Bugg, with a particular focus on the standout single ‘Lightning Bolt’. Bugg’s songs manage to pair weathered romanticism and a working-class swagger in a way that not many artists can achieve, making him a firm favourite with indie fans everywhere. The BRIT award and Mercury Prize nominee is on a UK tour this March, warming up for what is bound to be an explosive All Points East performance from the Nottingham-born showman.
Joining the All Points East 2020 bill are Australian indie rockers and ARIA Award winners, Gang of Youths. Entering the industry back in 2013, the band’s first single ‘Evangelists’ was met with instant praise. This led to their 2015 debut album, The Positions, which peaked at no.5 in the ARIA album charts and was praised worldwide for its sincerity; lead singer Dave Le’aupepe wrote the record after suffering some personal trauma, which is hugely reflected in the lyrics. Their second album, Go Farther In Lightness, arrived in 2017 and included ‘Let Me Down Easy’ which became their first top 50 single in Australia. Expect big things from Sydney’s hottest indie band when they play Victoria Park this May.
Gabrielle Aplin, once a YouTube star, now an established artist with three albums to her name, heads to All Points East this summer. Aplin was revealed as 2012’s John Lewis Christmas ad soundtrack artist, covering Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’, reaching no.1 in the single charts. A year later, Aplin released her debut record, English Rain, which peaked at no.2 and is now certified Gold. Fast-forward to January 2020, Aplin presented her latest album, Dear Happy, described by the Independent as “expertly engineered for pop virality”. Expect to hear gentle tones from her early days of indie folk, as well as the edgier synth-pop vibes of her recent work – a perfect combination for a festival day in Victoria Park.
Also performing are BLOXX, indie-pop’s answer to a really great time. BLOXX fuse grungy undertones with alt-rock melodies, creating a unique sound which in turn makes for a massively fun live show. Praised by media and fans alike, they’ve been touring all over the UK and were a huge hit on the festival circuit last year; BLOXX are well on their way to becoming the next big indie sensation.
Featuring too are The Lathums, whose latest single ‘Fight On’ came out last month, prior to a support tour with Blossoms in March; this young band from Wigan are definitely ones to watch and All Points East is the place to catch them. Additionally, Lauran Hibberd heads to Victoria Park this May. Lauran is the rising star from Isle of Wight, bringing a charismatic and infectious sound to whatever stage she’s on. Currently on a UK tour, and with various support slots under her belt, this is just the start for this emerging indie elite.
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All Points East is also excited to announce further names for Saturday 23 May, headlined by Tame Impala:
Joining the bill is LÅPSLEY, the UK singer-songwriter with an electronica sound that’s full of soul. Her 2016 debut, Long Way Home, gained widespread praise, followed-up by 2019’s EP, These Elements. Expect a strong emotional performance from LÅPSLEY in Victoria Park this May.
Also supporting are renowned recording artists, The Avalanches. The Australian electronic geniuses created one of the best albums of the 2000s, their debut record Since I Left You, which laid the foundations for the future of sample-based music. Sixteen years later and their follow-up arrived in the form of 2016’s Wildflower, also met with worldwide critical acclaim.
Watch out for fantastic sets from Yellow Days, sir Was, Crumb, TOPS, Faye Webster, OTHERLiiNE and Jessy Lanza as well, on 23 May at All Points East.
These incredible acts join an already massive line-up including Caribou, Glass Animals, Whitney, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Kelly Lee Owens and Holy F.
Last year, All Points East built on the success of year one, bringing huge headliners together with brand new artists, the hottest buzz acts on the planet, multi genre innovators and the Victoria Park community, for 10 days of discovery.
The event gave first festival headlining opportunities to Christine And The Queens and Bring Me The Horizon, brought The Strokes to the UK for the first time in 4 years, celebrated Chemical Brothers’ new album and saw Mumford & Sons triumph before Bon Iver closed the festival, exclusively debuting two new tracks from his now released new album i,i.
Incredible headliners were just part of the story with the quality of artists running very deep indeed – Primal Scream, The Raconteurs, Hot Chip, Rina Sawayama, James Blake, Kate Tempest, Metronomy, Snail Mail, Mac DeMarco, Maribou State, Jarvis Cocker, Toro Y Moi, Dizzee Rascal, Jade Bird, Ezra Furman and Run The Jewels were just some of the many guests performing across the stages at All Points East.
Q Magazine awarded All Points East 2019 ‘Festival Of The Year’.
2018’s debut established this essential new event as one of the best festivals in the UK. Winning Festival Of The Year at the Music Week Awards, All Points East 2018 boasted headline sets from LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosts a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event each year. Kicking off on the second Bank Holiday Monday, In The Neighbourhood, in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council, hosts a vibrant four day programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. Last year had something for everyone – eco-friendly creative workshops, free yoga sessions, street food, open air movie nights, themed drag shows, film panels, an exploration of the history of grime music and East London with Rich Mix’s Generation Grime:Back2Bow. Everything is free and 2020’s programme will be announced soon…..
A commitment to sustainability and accessibility goes hand in hand with the community elements and All Points East is proud to have been awarded Silver on Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for our commitment to Deaf and disabled music fans.
All Points East continue to work each year with local charity the Tower Project to give volunteer opportunities to young people with learning disabilities and autism on site at the festival, as well as providing education and performance opportunities to the students of nearby ELAM arts and music school. Committing to 100% renewable energy, working towards eliminating single-use plastic from all serve ware and programming up cycling workshops for children during In The Neighbourhood are further examples of the commitment to the local community and the park.
Local businesses are given opportunities to provide, food, drink, merchandise and more so that the local community benefits as much as possible… Click for more information
Reviews for All Points East 2019:
“All Points East might only be in its second year, but it has already made a name for itself as one of the very best in the capital.” – Evening Standard
“All Points East is a ten-day cultural expo” – GQ
“London’s biggest and best music festival” – Q
“If you’re a Londoner with your finger on the pulse, you’ll already know about All Points East” – Time Out
“Festivals were the original musical algorithms introducing you to something similar which ‘you might also like’. All Points East operates on a similar principle…. Like a cleverly constructed symphony, each of the six days bring forth intriguing variations on a loose stylistic theme” – Metro
“In a city drenched in music festivals, nobody thought that we needed one more. All Points East is proving everyone wrong for a consecutive year” – Notion
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